Completed interrupt transmission projects
The ultimate goal of leprosy control services is to interrupt the transmission of leprosy. Current approaches to case detection and treatment with MDT have not led to a sufficient decrease in incidence of leprosy in many countries or areas within countries. Recent research has shown that strategies aim at contacts of leprosy patients are the most promising and cost-effective options to further reduce the incidence of leprosy.
Therefore, the LRI supports implementation research aimed at introducing or scaling up effective contact management or chemoprophylaxis interventions. Testing of additional contact examination interventions, chemoprophylaxis regimen or other prophylaxis approaches, such as immune-prophylaxis, are eligible for support. Studies aimed at reducing or removing barriers to the effective use of contact-based interventions are also eligible for support.
The epidemiology of leprosy in Cebu
Leonard Wood Memorial Center for Leprosy Research
This project researched transmission patterns within the community to gain information on leprosy epidemiology and found continued new cases and a slight shift towards a more severe type in Cebu, the Phillipines. Moreover, full application of molecular epidemiological techniques for leprosy control activities can give valuable insights into the dynamics of leprosy transmission in a given population and help identify here-to-fore unrecognized transmission networks but will require technical refinement. Results are available.